Our Management Team, while relatively young and energetic, collectively possess over 100 years of experience specifically in the building supply business. This same group has had direct responsibility for the management and oversight of more than 25 individual building supply operations, including 6 different individuals who have managed a location for a national building material supplier.
Professional Builders Supply was Van’s brainchild born out of an entrepreneurial spirit, a desire to be closer to home and family, and a frustration with the lack of focus on the customer and the employee at a big company. Van He pulled together a team of highly qualified employees and a team of investors who were not only highly regarded businessmen but also personal friends. Van grew up in Burlington, North Carolina where his father was a custom home builder. He attended East Carolina University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in in Accounting.
He became a Certified Public Accountant while working in Raleigh with Price Waterhouse. After 8 years in public accounting, Van decided he wanted to do something different and he signed on with a national building material dealer in their management training program. After opening and managing a location in Greenville, SC, he spent 5 years managing a large operation in the Atlanta area. He then returned to Raleigh as a Regional Manager responsible for 15 locations in North and South Carolina. With 10 years of building material experience under his belt, Van launched Professional Builders Supply. Today he leads our strategic planning efforts and maps the vision and future growth of the company while continuing to represent the voice of the employee and customer. Van has served on numerous private company Boards and Industry Roundtables and is active in the community and in numerous philanthropic endeavors.
Chief Financial Officer
Gene comes to PBS with over 20 years of valuable experience in a variety of roles including, CFO, VP of Human Resources and Plant Manager, which makes him a perfect fit for leading our administrative services team. The majority of his career was spent with LORD Corporation, a global technology and manufacturing company.
After joining LORD in 1999 in an Internal Audit function, Gene took on various roles with increasing responsibility, which led to his assignment as Senior Manager, Asia Finance located in Hong Kong. Gene returned to the U.S. as Director, Finance. He later transitioned from Finance to Operations, serving as Plant Manager at LORD’s Bowling Green, KY., facility, and was later appointed Vice President, Human Resources at LORD’s global headquarters in Cary, N.C. Gene culminated his experience at LORD by serving as Chief Financial Officer. Gene enjoys spending time outdoors his family and running in road races.
Gene earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. He resides in Apex, N.C., with his wife Laura and two children, Reagan and Tripp.
Special Projects Manager
Steve came to the Company with over 27 years experience as CFO, Controller, Consultant and Certified Public Accountant. His background includes experience in Finance, Treasury, Information Systems, Human Resource and Administrative management, which made him a perfect fit for our Chief Financial Officer role, until transitioning into his new role of Special Projects Manager. Steve has been instrumental in the growth and success of PBS and will continue to be a key part of our Executive Team through December of 2021, when he plans to retire.
Steve began his professional career in the Raleigh office of Price Waterhouse, which is where he first met Van Isley. After 8 years in public accounting, Steve left to spend 18 years with Morganite / Energy Conversion Systems, a global manufacturer of electric motor components for the consumer product and automotive markets. Steve’s strong quality and six sigma background has provided fresh insight and ideas for our business. He clearly shares our passion for customer service and has led our administrative team in adherence to our Customer Commitment – the backbone of our success. Steve, his wife Cindy reside in Raleigh and have four children, Katherine, Marshall, Christian and Richard.
Corporate Director of Purchasing
Steve brings to PBS over 30 years’ experience in domestic and global industries. His career includes management, director and executive roles with manufacturing organizations. He is focused on supplier-partner relationship management and development supporting the successful execution of PBS’ company strategy. Steve maintains a consistent business partner win-win mentality, making him a great fit for both supporting processes and advancing existing programs. Steve and his wife Maria live in Fuquay Varina.
Executive Assistant/Human Resources
Beth has been with us since 2010 and handles many of our Human Resources functions in addition to being Van’s Executive Assistant. Beth has 20 years of experience in the industry, including administration, human resources, sales/customer service, location management and Incentive Travel planning. Beth and her husband Tim reside in Wake Forest.
Director of Information Systems
Joel has worked as an information technology professional for more than 20 years. His experience ranges from providing computer and network support for small businesses, to working as a systems analyst and IT project manager for large enterprises. In 2017 he was selected by Distributions Systems Management Inc. as the “System Manager of the Year” from more than 400 companies nationwide. He and his wife, Liz, live in Raleigh.
Earlene comes to Professional Builders Supply with over 25 years accounting experience which includes industries such as information technology and professional services to textile manufacturing. Though the building supply industry is new, Earlene welcomes the challenge. She attended East Carolina University earning a B.S. in Accounting. She and her husband, Allen and dog Maggie, reside in Bolivia, NC.
Meet Our Corporate Accounting Team
(Pictured right to left) Lora Overcash – Accounts Payable Specialist, Kathy Mussler – Senior Accountant, Karen Stewart – Controller and Jennifer Stafford – Assistant Treasurer
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